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Who were??

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by cassanova, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Who were some of the DB players on the old 50's & 60's pop rock music? Im curious to know since Im in an oldies band and a few of the songs Im doing have DB in them.
  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    That's a great question. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know the answer. Jamerson did some Motown tracks on DB, other than that, ????...
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I think Bill Black played with Elvis. Beyond that, I'm in the same boat with Marcus.
  4. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    It's a tough one fer sure, especially now that two of the EASY ones are gone (the only other one that quickly comes to mind is Roy Husky, but he's country.) A lot of the pop rock stuff isn't so well documented when it comes to side men and session aces.

    What are some of the tunes you're thinking of, CASA NO VA? Someone out here is likely to know it...
  5. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Off hand with out looking at the song list Charlie Brown is comming to mind.

    Ill post the others when I go to rehearsal and bring my copy of the list home with me.

    2 more I know that they wanna cover that arent exactly 50s/60's is Sing Sing Sing and In The Mood. I dunno why they wanna cover those, because we dont have a horn section or even keyboard player to cop the horn parts. Unless you can count one sax player as a horn section. :rolleyes:

    BTW, Im quittin this band, but Im still curious to know who some of these players are.
  6. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Well, lessee here...

    "Charlie Brown" was yet another Lieber & Stoller tune recorded by The Coasters. Recorded at Atlantic's NYC studio in 1958. Probably produced by Jerry Wexler, probably some studio guy he liked on bass. Wexler's biography is a great read. He talks a lot about his favorite studio guys in it, so the answer could well be found there. I read a library copy years ago, so I don't have it on hand.

    "Sing, Sing, Sing" -- recorded zillions of times (who can forget Gene Krupa looking like a maniac in that old B&W film, can't remember its name), but authored by Louis Prima and recorded by him in 1935 with His New Orleans Gang band, Jack Ryan on bass. Everyone thinks of the Benny Goodman version.

    "In The Mood" -- Glenn Miller Orchestra originally. Don't know who his bass player was.
  7. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
  8. jb63


    Jan 3, 2002
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've been playing with an oldies band for the last three months and I never wondered who played on that stuff until now. If I had to guess, I would say we will never know who played on a lot of those recordings. Concidering that there were like, 10 zillion labels back then scattered all over the country, most of which didn't document that kind of thing. Plus, there was so much more diversity in musical styles on the pop charts at that time, which gave many different players the opportunity to be recorded. Like in 1959, the number 1 song was 'Mack the Knife', a swingin' jazz style tune, then at number 2 was 'The Battle of New Orleans', a marching folk tune. Crazy man................crazy!
  9. Probably Herman "Trigger" Alpert.

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